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Jonathan Papelbon pitches in kilt alongside World Series trophy

Talk about Bananas.

Former Red Sox and Phillies closer Jonathan Papelbon pitched for the Savannah Bananas — a Coastal Plain League team that’s gained fame for its antics — while wearing a kilt. But perhaps even more shockingly, he did it with his 2007 World Series trophy behind the mound.

Papelbon, who recorded the final out in Boston’s sweep of the Rockies in the 2007 Fall Classic, came out to his usual entrance song, “Shipping Up to Boston,” with the trophy in hand. He raised the trophy above his head before doing an Irish jig of sorts, befitting of the Bananas, then fired a pitch that missed inside.

Strangely, Papelbon rocked a No. 27 jersey, instead of the No. 58 that he wore throughout his 12 seasons in the big leagues.

Papelbon, 41, last pitched in the majors with the Nationals in 2016, but technically he never retired.

The rowdy right-hander told Rob Branford on WEEI’s Live BP Show in January that he doesn’t intend to hang up his cleats.

“I’m never going to retire. It’s never going to happen,” Papelbon said. “I don’t care if I’m on my death bed like Ted Williams thinking he can hit at 90. I’m just never retiring. That’s just the fact and how it’s going.”

While Papelbon had primarily stayed out of the limelight in recent years, he’s started to reemerge in headlines the past couple of months.

Papelbon dismissed the hype around Edwin Diaz’s entrance song “Narco” on a podcast last month, claiming his Dropkick Murphy’s song outranks that.

And in July, the controversial closer ragged on ESPN’s Derek Jeter docuseries “The Captain,” suggesting the network should produce a project on “the real captain,” referring to former Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek.

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